Hello, my name is Josep Bautista, the author behind Hype in Tokyo – Travel Blog. In this page you’ll find a short bio, the story behind the Hype and the work I do.
Born in Barcelona, graduated in Tourism Management and Master’s Degree in Travel Journalism and specialized as tour guide. My native language is Catalan, with the advantage of being raised in a trilingual education. I speak fluent Spanish, English, and Japanese. I can defend myself at some degree in French and Italian, and during my stay for 6 months in Finland I tried to learn some Finnish (I think it’s even harder than Japanese!). I was bitten by the travel bug during my days in Finland. The more languages I know, the more I want to travel and learn about different cultures. After my first trip to Japan, I fell in love with that country, so I quit my job as a hotel receptionist and I decided to go study and live in Tokyo for more than 2 years. It was during my expat days that the small personal online journal, Hype in Tokyo was created. Back in Barcelona in 2015 to study a Master’s degree in Travel Journalism. Since then, I’ve been freelancing in travel related jobs as consultant, writer, blogger, and lead the travel photography expeditions to Japan for Artisal Travel Photography. and collaborate with other travel agencies. The World of travel photography has become my main passion, and becoming slowly but steadily my lifework.
Why the name Hype in Tokyo?
I have a well known reputation amongst my friends as being overly excited of my travels and stories. That tendency to decorate my stories, created some demand from my friends to create a personal jorunal online telling about what was happening during my travels, and keep my friends and family up to date. Therefore, the “hype” I was creating became a part of my online presence. It was during my expat life in Tokyo, and at that moment I had no idea of the nomad life awaiting me. Still, Tokyo has become my second residence after all this years. When I decided to become a professional blogger, the name that started it all stayed as flagship and memento of my origins.